This time of year, walking through the bare vines as Baker peaks over the foothills topped with heavy snow, the farm and vineyard are peaceful and quiet. It’s a beautiful place and is easy to imagine spending a summer afternoon picnicking next to the lavender that grows in the flower beds nearby. Samson Estates Winery isn’t just a winery it’s also a farm, and has been in the Dhaliwal family for over 30 years. In fact, farming has been in the family for generations. In Whatcom, they started with berries and grow raspberries, blueberries, and currants to this day.
Walking back to the tasting room, their large open-air event space reminds me of all the happy faces I’ve seen in photos of people celebrating there – from weddings to corporate picnics, it’s a wonderful addition to the farm. The tasting room is close by, and boasts wines that reflect the heritage of the farm, and many are made using berries they grow, including their dessert and dry berry wines!
They also age several viniferous varietals – using only Washington State grapes – including Chardonnays, Rieslings, Merlot, and new Syrah being released for Valentine’s Day this year. They will be reopening their tasting room February 10th, and it would be the perfect spot for delicious sips and some chocolate with your sweetie on Valentine’s Day.